Folk musician Dave Swarbrick has died aged 75

He was best known for his work with Fairport Convention

Influential folk musician Dave Swarbrick has died at the age of 75, his family have announced.

Swarbrick was best known for his work as a violin player with Fairport Convention, and was one of the most well respected musicians of the 1960s folk revival.

The musician, often referred to as Swarb, began his music career in the 1950s as a guitarist in a Celtic folk band, before he went on to join the Ian Campbell group as a fiddle player.

But it was Swarbrick’s time with folk band Fairport Convention that helped him to achieve international recognition, joining the band as a session musician in 1969 before becoming a fully-fledged member.

He also worked with other luminaries of folk music, including Ewan McColl and Bert Jansch.

In recent years, Swarbrick had been plighted by emphysema, and his death was mistakenly announced by the Daily Telegraph after he was hospitalised with the condition in 1999.

In 2004, the condition forced him to undergo a double lung transplant, but Swarbrick still continued to play live after recovering from the operation.

In a statement posted on their website, Fairport Convention said: “We have just had the sad news from Alex Swarbrick that his father, Dave Swarbrick, has passed away.

“Swarb, as you know, had been seriously ill for some time and, although he had showed recent signs of improvement, died in hospital this morning.”

Blur guitarist Damon Albarn was among those who paid tribute to Swarbrick.